I came up with this recipe for "Dining on a Dollar". I love this because it' spicy, sweet, tangy, easy and quick to prepare, and best of all... inexpen$ive!
- 2 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles (any flavor, discard flavor packet)
- 2 cups cooked chicken breasts (cut into strips or slices)
- 1 cup carrot, cut into matchstick sized pieces (about 3 carrots)
- 1⁄4 lb fresh sugar snap pea, trimmed and string removed
- 5 scallions, sliced
- 1 cup peanuts, chopped (divided)
- 1 (14 ounce) can bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons oil
- cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons sambal oelek
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Thai fish sauce
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Break ramen noodle squares into 4ths and boil in salted water until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water and allow to drain until later.
- Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and bring to med/high heat. Break eggs into pan and scramble stirring constantly until just cooked. Remove eggs from pan and set aside.
- Wipe out pan if needed, and heat over high heat.
- Add cooking oil to pan.
- Add carrots and sugar snap peas and stirfry until starting to soften (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add scallions and 2/3rds of peanuts, stirfry another minute.
- Add bean sprouts and garlic and stirfry for about 1 more minute.
- Push all ingredients to the outside edges of the pan and add drained ramen noodles adding a little more oil if you need to. Stirfry one more minute.
- Add chicken and sauce mixture.
- Cook until chicken is heated through and sauce has thickened slightly.
- Stir in reserved eggs.
- Continue cooking until everything is heated through.
- Serve with remaining peanuts sprinkled on top.
A delicious dinner that was on the table in a flash. The recipe was reduced to 2 servings, using a little more snap peas than called for and probably reducing the amount of peanuts by about half. It produced very generous servings. Good luck in the contest.
Great recipe and the meal came together very quickly. I really enjoyed the sauce. I've cooked this twice now. Once using the ramen as stated. The 2nd time I used rice noodles in place of the ramen for a gluten-free meal. Both great. Good luck in the contest
Wow! When you said spicy, you were not kidding! I really liked this dish, but I thought that the taste of the sesame oil got lost somewhere. I will make this again, but I'll cut back on the sambal oelek, just to cut the spice back a little. I'm looking forward to trying again with different vegetables, as well. Thanks for posting a great recipe.